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Maybe Mitt Romney should have tried a 'knee defender'

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(Read caption) Mitt Romney has decided not to file charges against a fellow passenger who took a swing at him Monday night. To avoid future mishaps, perhaps Romney should try the "knee defender." The banned gadget stops passengers from reclining.

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Well, you've probably heard by now that Mitt Romney has decided not to press charges against the alleged goon who assaulted him on an airplane earlier this week.

Romney asked the passenger in front of him to to raise his seat back before take-off. The request infuriated the passenger, who took a swing at the former Republican presidential candidate.

If you missed the story, we told you about it here.

I'm a lover, not a fighter

Makes sense for Romney. Even if the passenger was completely in the wrong (and that's what it appears), Romney would stand to gain little by pressing the issue.

He's got a new book out. He's a featured speaker at the big Republican hoedown (C-PAC) tomorrow and, according to Gallup, he's the top pick by Republicans so far for the 2012 presidency.

He's smart to drop it. He knows the media would give far more attention to this case than would ever pay attention to his book (unless Sarah Palin co-wrote it).

So, he's letting it go.

To recline or not to recline?

While we totally get why an airline passenger shouldn't have reclined during take-off (after all, FAA regulations prohibit it), it also brings up a bigger question: should passengers recline at all?

Just like politics, you'll get two very different points of view. And it gets heated.

We asked one of our favorite airline bloggers what he thought. Brett Snyder is the owner of


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